Letters to the Editor

Quality of life getting silent treatment

For years, a struggle ensued to create Federal Way as a city. By wearing down the populous, this was achieved. Then years and tears were spent making it a decent place to live, reversing its reputation as an unfit place to live. Overall, a fairly good job has been done.

Now, the City Council sits on its hands as halfway houses for drug addicts and alcoholics are jammed into a community by steamrolling over any restrictive covenants designed to assure a decent place to live. The council also remains silent when a halfway house for sex offenders is being rammed down the throats of decent citizens.

Now, when the transit “authority” decides to insert a major source of pollution and congestion smack in the middle of the main downtown area of Federal Way, nothing is heard from the council or King County. Has anyone in authority looked at the congestion already existent on South 320th from Pacific Highway to the freeway and felt that a 1,500-car garage in the middle of this won’t affect anything?

I read all the time in the papers about underhanded methods this council uses to achieve its goals, and I wonder what happened to the goals for Federal Way? How can we ever hope to achieve a decent place to live and shop when the whole of downtown is gridlocked and choked with exhaust?

I think we will be shopping in Puyallup and Tacoma from now on.

Rod Sterley

Federal Way

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